Cinecittà, the hub of Italian cinema, celebrates its 80th birthday with a major exhibition organized in collaboration with leading Italian newswire and press agency ANSA. ‘Cinecittà – Fatti e personaggi fra il cinema e la cronaca’ (Cinecittà – Events and personalities between Cinema and news) is on show until May 7th, 2018, at Teatro 1 in the historic film studio in Via Tuscolana in eastern Rome.
The exhibition features over 150 images and film footages, from the archives of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and ANSA, that recount 80 years of Italian history placing side by side what happened inside and outside the walls of Cinecitta and bringing together divas, masterpieces, and major events with everyday life, and dreams.
The images exhibited include: a very young Sophia Loren posing for paparazzi; Federico Fellini drying Anita Ekberg’s feet after her iconic dip in the Trevi Fountain in ‘La Dolce Vita’; and Benito Mussolini laying the first stone for the studios; but also, Italian quiz king Mike Bongiorno, the kidnapping of Also Moro, the Moon landing, the murder of mafia fighter Giovanni Falcone, migrant reaching Italy by sea, Roberto Benigni’s Oscars for ‘Life is Beautiful’.
According to Roberto Cicutto, President of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, the exhibition “shows how moments of social decline have always been redeemed by the ability of cinema to transform them into an object of reflection and art.” While, ANSA Senior Editor Elisabetta Stefanelli highlighted both ANSA and Cinecittà as pillars of the Made in Italy, the first one being a mirror for the country, the other its dream factory.
Ilona Catani Scarlett